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Gloomy Forecast for 2011 Legislative Session09:06
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Gov. Deval Patrick speaks to supporters while celebrating his victory on Election Day in November. (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)
Gov. Deval Patrick speaks to supporters while celebrating his victory on Election Day in November. (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

Massachusetts residents woke up to the year 2011 and found a radiant, blue sky and unseasonably warm temperatures. The dark days of December were in the past. New Year's resolutions had yet to be broken. It was a promising new year full of possibility.

Enter Old Man Winter, a.k.a., Craig Sandler of State House News.

Craig Sandler — with his bright eyes and shock of red hair — is not a typical doomsayer. But Sandler spends his time up on Beacon Hill, where this week the 2011 state legislative session officially gets under way. Sandler says a bright sunny year on Beacon Hill is not in the weather forecast.

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This segment aired on January 3, 2011.

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